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  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the only U.S. troop to have been taken hostage by the Taliban in the long, hard-fought Afghanistan War. (U.S. Army Via Associated Press)

    U.S. troops set stunning record in evading capture by Taliban

    On June 30, 2009, the day Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked into captivity, American forces in Afghanistan had not allowed a single service member to fall into enemy hands.


  • This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with truckloads of captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.  (AP Photo via militant website)

    Obama ignored general's pleas to keep American forces in Iraq

    The last American commander in Iraq recommended to the Obama administration that 23,000 U.S. troops remain to cement the victory, but no deal was ever reached with Baghdad, and all combat forces went home.


  • ** FILE ** In this image released by Relativity Media, a scene is shown from the film "Act of Valor," which stars real, active-duty Navy SEALs. (Associated Press/Relativity Media)

    Delta Force: Army's 'quiet professionals'

    As Navy SEALs bask in the limelight for daring missions, some in the Army are wondering whether the other half of the nation's counter-terrorism covert warriors — Delta Force — is being upstaged and left in the shadows.


  • DON'T USE THIS CAPTION XXXXX DON'T USE THIS CAPTION President Barack Obama returns a salute to Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, as he steps off Air Force One at Campbell Army Airfield in Fort Campbell, Ky., Friday, May 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    9/11 changed war-fighting

    The Sept. 11 attacks jolted the U.S. armed forces into a new era of war-fighting in which commando strikes, intelligence collection and manhunts often overshadowed heavy armor and big bombers of yesteryear's conflicts.


  • Book cover of "The Last Confederate General" by Larry Gordon. (Zenith Press)

    CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Last Rebel to concede gets his due

    Brig. Gen. John Crawford Vaughn of East Tennessee was the last Confederate general to surrender to Union forces east of the Mississippi River in the main theater of the Civil War. Vaughn led the 3rd Tennessee Regiment into battle on June 8, 1861. He did not surrender until May 10, 1865.


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